BJP backs Rathore, demonstration on Saturday

Jaipur: Reacting sharply to the arrest of its MLA Rajendra Rathore in Dara Singh fake encounter case, BJP Thursday announced state-wide protests and demonstrations on April 7.

"The party workers will stage dharnas and demonstrate in all districts to protest against the arrest, which, he said, was an example of how CBI is being misused by the Congress," the party's state president Arun Chaturvedi told reporters in the party office after Rathore's arrest.

Chaturvedi said that the party stands by Rathore and backs him.

Leader of Opposition and former chief minister Vasundhara Raje said that the UPA government was fully misusing the agency for its political agenda.

"We have examples of CBI's misuse in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh also. In Rajasthan, Rathore was arrested on the ground of a baseless story and only on direction of the Congress," she alleged.

The former chief minister also alleged that Rathore was used as a tool for political rivalry.

Rathore, a close aide of Raje, before going to the CBI office addressed a gathering at the party office in the morning and said he was overwhelmed by the moral support of the party.

Family members of the policemen who are accused in the case and lodged in jail were also present in the meeting and alleged that the cops were innocent.

Protesting Rathore's arrest, members of the BJP Minority cell blocked the road outside the party office.